Shredded white and ancient history…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: moon mauve, rapacious red, wallaby white, grunting grey, octave orange, and that funny dirty yellow ochre that someone has sprayed on their grey wheelie bin.

Yes, today I think we’ll have a look at another two of my photos taken about a year ago – I’m determined to get up to date with posting the buggers. How about this one?

This was taken in January this year – aha! At least we have moved into 2018 now!
Just look at those dark decayed leaves, they’ve obviously been there since the previous autumn. Of course it wasn’t the leaves that attracted my eye, it was… well, what is that collection of white strips? Is it waste paper from someone’s shredder? It almost looks like it’s moving across and breaking up in slow motion as it goes. That ‘9000 4’ doesn’t look like it will last long, does it?
I do like taking pictures looking downwards – when you view them later there is nothing really to give you a clue that you are looking down – this could almost be a shot of a vertical wall with the leaves resting on the ground below and the white stuff impacting that grating and falling under gravity from above. Those little patches of blue add a little something too. This picture seems packed full of meaning – but I don’t know what it is…

And now for something completely different, as they used to say.

This doesn’t look like one of mine, does it? Much too ‘normal’ a photograph. It could be a picture postcard that you might buy in a tourist gift shop.
This is the city of York, after which that relatively well-known place New York was named. I was standing waiting on the steps of the York Art Gallery for my friend, whom I had arranged to meet, to turn up, and I glanced across at this statue with York Minster rearing up behind it – aha! How about a photograph?
Well, not just ‘click’, it was a little bit trickier than that. I had to wander about a bit to get the chap* (I presume it’s a chap and not a lady statue – mind you, that hair looks like an old lady’s perm job to me!) nicely juxtaposed with the Minster towers. I almost never use the zoom function on my camera – but on this occasion it was needed to get the composition half decent – with zoom you have to hold the camera against something solid, like a lamp-post, to prevent the picture being blurred by wobble – no one wants to be blurred by wobble!…
By the way, York is an ancient walled city, you can see part of the city wall towards the bottom and left of the picture. Those two small stone figures on the towers (bartizans) on the gate, one with a pigeon on his head, really help the composition a lot…

I have just done a bit of research on your behalf dear reader – the statue is that of the painter William Etty (1787~1849) who was born in this city. (Click)

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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11 Responses to Shredded white and ancient history…

  1. ktz2 says:

    A thing I envy you for is your country (well, Europe in general) having so many spectacular buildings, grand and intricate like this one, and the various castles and such. You’ve got hundreds of years of history over America.

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    Both images grabbed my attention. You have an eye for the unusual perspective Dave.

  3. Dana Doran says:

    I’d like to title these for you….”The Futility of Shredding” and “Dirty Girl.” There. I said it.

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